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We’re The Millers

Year: 2013
Studio: New Line Cinema
Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Writer: Bob Fisher/Steve Faber/Sean Anders/John Morris
Cast: Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Will Poulter, Emma Roberts, Kathryn Hahn, Nick Offerman, Ed Helms, Luis Guzmán

Some big screen comedies are just overblown sitcoms, someone too in love with the concept to hire decent writers to actually make them unexpected or funny when the genre is already so crowded with dreck.

So it was with no small amount of trepidation that I approached We're the Millers. In fact I avoided it altogether in cinemas, watching it when it just happened to be on at a friends' place.

The conceit in this case is that a bunch of debauched miscreants and losers have to pose as a white picket fence-type family, and (you'll never see this coming) gosh darn it if they don't start to feel some of the twinge of feeling about what a real family can offer.

Like it always is in this kind of thing, the set-up is hardly the point, but such as it is, Jason Sudeikis is David, a drug dealer who's forced by his powerful supplier (Ed Helms in full camera-mugging mode) to smuggle a huge consignment back from Mexico.

David realises his only chance of avoiding suspicion is to look squeaky clean, and that means assembling some of the lowlives in his orbit to pretend to be a model family – stripper Rose (Jennifer Aniston), street kid Casey (Emma Roberts) and his clueless nerd neighbour Kenny (Will Poulter).

Of course that means pitting them against all manner of foils from breakdowns to the big hook moment of the spider bite, but most often the couple they keep running into (Kathryn Hahn and Nick Offerman) who really are squeaky clean, latching onto David and Rose's fake family and threatening to blow everything.

If you can't see what's coming (and when) you need to go to the movies more. That means We're The Millers' only selling point is the gags it delivers until then, and while the script thankfully doesn't go the PG route, which would have left it with absolutely nothing to offer, there's not much here you haven't seen a hundred times.

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